Cliff Morgan

Cliff Morgan

Position: Flyhalf

Born 07/04/1930
Died 29/08/2013
Place Of Birth Trebanog
Height 170cm / 5' 7"
Weight 83kg / 13st 1lbs

Cliff Morgan was born in Trebanog, Rhondda in 1930. Born into a mining family, he joined Cardiff straight from school in 1949, playing at fly-half, and also played club rugby in Ireland for Bective Rangers in the 1955/56 season. Whilst at Cardiff he played 202 matches over nine seasons 1949/50 - 1957/58 scoring 38 tries.

In 1951 he won his first cap for Wales against Ireland in 1951, was part of the Grand Slam winning Welsh team of 1952 and was made captain of Wales in 1956. Morgan toured with the British and Irish lions in 1955 to South Africa winning four caps and played his last game of first - class rugby for the Barbarians in May 1958 at the RUEA Ground, Nairobi, versus East Africa.

Following his retirement from the game in 1958 he found a new career in broadcasting. He joined the BBC for whom he worked until 1987 and among many roles he was, for many years, a team captain on the ‘Question of Sport’ quiz programme. A regular commentator and presenter on BBC rugby broadcasts his most famous commentary is of the Barbarians v New Zealand game played at the Arms Park in January 1973. Cliff Morgan was inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame and received an OBE and a CVQ for his contribution to broadcasting.

A prolific writer, further information on the life and career of Cliff Morgan can be found in his autobiography “Beyond the Fields of Play’ first published in 1996.

In 1999 Cliff Morgan was inducted into the Cardiff Rugby Hall of fame and more information regarding his playing career can be found in that section of the club website.

Playing Summary
  Season P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  1949/1950 26 12 8 6 2 0 1 0 9  
  1950/1951 38 29 3 6 4 0 0 0 12  
  1951/1952 22 17 0 5 2 0 0 0 6  
  1952/1953 32 25 2 5 13 0 0 0 39  
  1953/1954 31 23 1 7 9 0 0 0 27  
  1954/1955 3 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 3  
  1955/1956 8 4 1 3 1 0 0 0 3  
  1956/1957 18 13 0 5 5 0 0 0 15  
  1957/1958 24 18 3 3 2 0 0 0 6  
  Total 202 142 19 41 39 0 1 0 120  

Click on a season for a match by match breakdown.

  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  22/10/1949 Cambridge University FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  24/10/1949 Northampton Saints FH 0 0 1 0 3 L 3 - 6  
  29/10/1949 Oxford University FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  05/11/1949 Wasps FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 8  
  26/11/1949 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  03/12/1949 Rosslyn Park FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 3  
  17/12/1949 Neath FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  27/12/1949 Watsonians FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  31/12/1949 US Cognacaise FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  02/01/1950 Stade Nantais Université Club FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 20 - 3  
  07/01/1950 Leicester Tigers FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  14/01/1950 Bristol Bears FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 6  
  21/01/1950 Bath Rugby FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 18 - 8  
  28/01/1950 Swansea FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 13  
  04/02/1950 Plymouth Albion FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 15 - 0  
  04/03/1950 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 8  
  11/03/1950 Cheltenham FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 6  
  25/03/1950 Bath Rugby FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 10 - 6  
  01/04/1950 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 8  
  08/04/1950 Barbarians FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 8  
  10/04/1950 Harlequins FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  11/04/1950 Northampton Saints FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 6  
  15/04/1950 Devonport Services FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 8  
  18/04/1950 Falmouth FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 5  
  22/04/1950 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  29/04/1950 Pontypool FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 3  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  02/09/1950 Cardiff & District FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 29 - 13  
  06/09/1950 Penarth FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 0  
  09/09/1950 Birkenhead Park FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 0  
  16/09/1950 Pontypool FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  18/09/1950 Newton Abbot FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 6 - 5  
  23/09/1950 Neath FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  30/09/1950 Leicester Tigers FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  02/10/1950 Coventry FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 6  
  07/10/1950 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 8  
  14/10/1950 Swansea FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 6  
  21/10/1950 Wasps FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 3  
  28/10/1950 Oxford University FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 11  
  25/11/1950 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  02/12/1950 Gloucester Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 9  
  09/12/1950 Aberavon FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  11/12/1950 Cambridge University FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  21/12/1950 Cheltenham FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 0  
  26/12/1950 Wasps FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 13  
  27/12/1950 Watsonians FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 24 - 0  
  30/12/1950 Northumberland FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 10  
  01/01/1951 Watsonians FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  13/01/1951 Bristol Bears FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  20/01/1951 Bath Rugby FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 25 - 11  
  27/01/1951 Swansea FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 19 - 6  
  03/02/1951 Sale Sharks FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 20 - 0  
  10/02/1951 London Welsh FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 26 - 0  
  17/02/1951 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 8  
  24/02/1951 Gloucester Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  03/03/1951 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  17/03/1951 Coventry FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  24/03/1951 Barbarians FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 3  
  27/03/1951 Northampton Saints FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 3  
  31/03/1951 Plymouth Albion FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 3  
  14/04/1951 Blackheath FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 12  
  18/04/1951 Bristol Bears FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 10  
  21/04/1951 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 27 - 6  
  23/04/1951 Neath FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  28/04/1951 Pontypool FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 6  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  19/09/1951 Aberavon FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 6  
  22/09/1951 British and Irish Lions FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 12 - 14  
  26/09/1951 Cheltenham FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 8 - 0  
  29/09/1951 Pontypool FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 3  
  06/10/1951 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  10/10/1951 Gloucester Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 24 - 3  
  13/10/1951 Wasps FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 9 - 11  
  20/10/1951 South Africa FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 9 - 11  
  27/10/1951 Cambridge University FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 29 - 13  
  29/10/1951 Northampton Saints FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 20 - 0  
  03/11/1951 Oxford University FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 8  
  17/11/1951 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  24/11/1951 Coventry FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  01/12/1951 Bridgend Ravens FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 9  
  15/12/1951 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 5  
  26/12/1951 Wasps FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 0  
  05/01/1952 Birmingham Moseley FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 3  
  12/01/1952 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  16/02/1952 Penarth FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 18 - 0  
  23/02/1952 Gloucester Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 14  
  01/03/1952 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 6  
  29/03/1952 Leicester Tigers FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 8  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  03/09/1952 Cardiff & District FH 2 0 0 0 6 W 22 - 0  
  06/09/1952 Neath FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 3  
  10/09/1952 Penarth FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 25 - 8  
  13/09/1952 Plymouth Albion FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 47 - 0  
  20/09/1952 Coventry FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 13 - 3  
  22/09/1952 Leicester Tigers FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 6  
  29/09/1952 Nantes / Cognac FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 36 - 11  
  04/10/1952 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 3  
  06/10/1952 Old Belvedere FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 9 - 8  
  07/10/1952 Young Munster FH 2 0 0 0 6 W 31 - 17  
  11/10/1952 Pontypool FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 3  
  01/11/1952 Oxford University FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 6  
  03/11/1952 Northampton Saints FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 11  
  27/12/1952 Watsonians FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 29 - 3  
  10/01/1953 Aberavon FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 5  
  17/01/1953 Bath Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 3  
  24/01/1953 Swansea FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 17 - 0  
  31/01/1953 Aberavon FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 9 - 11  
  14/02/1953 London Welsh FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 3  
  21/02/1953 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 6  
  28/02/1953 Gloucester Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 9 - 14  
  07/03/1953 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 5 - 5  
  21/03/1953 Coventry FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 19 - 6  
  04/04/1953 Barbarians FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 0  
  06/04/1953 Harlequins FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 15 - 0  
  07/04/1953 Northampton Saints FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  11/04/1953 Devonport Services FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 11  
  13/04/1953 St Ives FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 22 - 0  
  14/04/1953 Penzance & Newlyn FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 3  
  18/04/1953 Pontypool FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 16 - 15  
  25/04/1953 Cheltenham FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  29/04/1953 Bridgend Ravens FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 6 - 3  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  02/09/1953 Cardiff & District FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 3  
  05/09/1953 Cheltenham FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 12 - 3  
  12/09/1953 Birkenhead Park FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 32 - 3  
  14/09/1953 Aberavon FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 0  
  19/09/1953 Coventry FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 6  
  26/09/1953 Pontypool FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 0  
  30/09/1953 Penarth FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 3  
  03/10/1953 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 15 - 6  
  05/10/1953 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 8  
  10/10/1953 Bristol Bears FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 3  
  17/10/1953 Swansea FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 9 - 11  
  31/10/1953 Cambridge University FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 14 - 9  
  02/11/1953 Northampton Saints FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 9 - 22  
  07/11/1953 Oxford University FH 2 0 0 0 6 W 30 - 0  
  21/11/1953 New Zealand FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 3  
  28/11/1953 Gloucester Rugby FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 19 - 3  
  02/12/1953 Combined Services FH 1 0 0 0 3 L 9 - 18  
  12/12/1953 Harlequins FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  26/12/1953 Wasps FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 3  
  28/12/1953 Watsonians FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 13  
  09/01/1954 Aberavon FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 11  
  23/01/1954 Sale Sharks FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 31 - 3  
  13/02/1954 London Welsh FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 11  
  22/02/1954 Bective Rangers FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 21  
  06/03/1954 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  31/03/1954 Penarth FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 20 - 6  
  17/04/1954 Barbarians FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 0  
  20/04/1954 Northampton Saints FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 9  
  24/04/1954 Plymouth Albion FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  26/04/1954 Penzance & Newlyn FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 15 - 3  
  27/04/1954 St Ives FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 8  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  02/10/1954 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  27/12/1954 Wasps FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 17 - 3  
  05/03/1955 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 11  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  03/12/1955 Swansea FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 11 - 3  
  10/12/1955 Harlequins FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 0  
  14/01/1956 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 3  
  18/02/1956 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  25/02/1956 Neath FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 8  
  03/03/1956 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 9  
  31/03/1956 Barbarians FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  14/04/1956 Ebbw Vale FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 13  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  01/09/1956 Germany FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 25 - 0  
  13/10/1956 Halifax FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 36 - 14  
  15/10/1956 Bective Rangers FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 8 - 6  
  20/10/1956 Cambridge University FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 9  
  27/10/1956 Neath FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 6  
  10/11/1956 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 5  
  17/11/1956 Wasps FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 16 - 5  
  24/11/1956 Blackheath FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 6  
  01/12/1956 Swansea FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 6  
  15/12/1956 Rosslyn Park FH 2 0 0 0 6 W 16 - 0  
  26/12/1956 Wasps FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 0  
  12/01/1957 Bristol Bears FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 14  
  09/02/1957 London Welsh FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 9 - 5  
  16/02/1957 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 0  
  23/02/1957 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 11  
  02/03/1957 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 10  
  16/03/1957 Coventry FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 24 - 5  
  30/03/1957 Neath FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 8  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  04/09/1957 Cardiff & District FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 33 - 3  
  07/09/1957 Auvergne FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 6  
  11/09/1957 Group Captains Walker's XV FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  14/09/1957 Bective Rangers FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 6 - 3  
  25/09/1957 Ebbw Vale FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  28/09/1957 Aberavon FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 8  
  03/10/1957 Swansea FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 6  
  05/10/1957 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  02/11/1957 Oxford University FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 8  
  09/11/1957 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 5 - 3  
  16/11/1957 Wasps FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  18/11/1957 Bective Rangers FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 9 - 9  
  23/11/1957 Gloucester Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 0  
  30/11/1957 Bristol Bears FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 18 - 6  
  14/12/1957 Australia FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 11  
  26/12/1957 Wasps FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 0  
  27/12/1957 Watsonians FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 0  
  28/12/1957 Gloucester Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  11/01/1958 Bristol Bears FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 9  
  01/03/1958 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  08/03/1958 Bridgend Ravens FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  19/03/1958 Penarth FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 3  
  31/03/1958 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 8  
  30/04/1958 Pontypool FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 14  
  Team P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  Wales 29 19 2 8 3 0 0 0 9  
  British and Irish Lions 4 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 3  
Clubs: - Bective Rangers - Cardiff -
Education: - Tonyrefail Grammar School - University College, Cardiff -
Region: - Scarlets -
Invitational: - Barbarians -
Honours: - British and Irish Lions - Wales - Wales Schools -

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